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'The Crown's Dramatization of Major’s Death in an Avalanche Leaves His Widow Horrified

Rebelander Basilan
Nov 30, 2020
03:20 P.M.

The producers of "The Crown" included the death of Major Hugh Lindsay in the latest series, which did not sit well with the major's widow, Sarah Horsley.

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In an interview with The Telegraph, Sarah Horsley said she was disturbed. She added that she was extremely concerned the accident had been dramatized even if she had asked the producers of Netflix not to include it on "The Crown."

Horsley disclosed to the newspaper: "I was horrified when I was told it (the episode) was happening and was very concerned about the impact on my daughter."

Major Hugh Lindsay and Queen Elizabeth during an official tour of Portugal, circa 1980s. | Photo: Getty Images

Major Hugh Lindsay and Queen Elizabeth during an official tour of Portugal, circa 1980s. | Photo: Getty Images

She added that she is very upset by it and that she is dreading people watching it. Horsley revealed that she even wrote to the producers not to use her husband's accident.

Horsley went on to explain that she supposed members of the royal family have to smile and bear it, but for her, it was an exceptionally private tragedy.

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The draped coffin of Major Hugh Lindsay, carried by soldiers at RAF Northolt on March 12, 1988 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

The draped coffin of Major Hugh Lindsay, carried by soldiers at RAF Northolt on March 12, 1988 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

According to Horsley, the producers answered with a letter that says they understood her concerns. However, the producers said they hope she will feel they deal with complicated subject matters with honesty and extraordinary sensitivity.

The major was an equerry of the royal family and friend to Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London | Photo: Getty Images

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London | Photo: Getty Images

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Nonetheless, Horsley said that she thinks it is extremely unpleasant to many family members to dramatize the accident. As reported by PEOPLE, the new episode of the hit series' season four portrays the avalanche that killed Major Lindsay in March 1988.

The tragic accident took place during a ski trip in Klosters, Switzerland. The major was an equerry of the royal family and friend to Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.

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BBC reported that Major Lindsay accompanied Prince Charles, Patti Palmer-Tomkinson, and a guide for a day on the slopes when the tragedy struck. Horsley was working in the Buckingham Palace press office at the time. She was six months pregnant with their daughter.

Meanwhile, the fourth season of "The Crown" is currently streaming on Netflix. The historical drama streaming television series starred Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, according to Huffington Post.

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Created by Peter Morgan, the series follows the reign of Her Majesty. Emma Corrin, who plays princess Diana, recently opened up about the show, admitting that it was not easy.

The actress thinks for everybody in the "The Crown," they generally attempt to remind the viewers that the series they are in is fictionalized to a great extent, Corrin said, adding that the scripts of Morgan are works of fiction.

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